Debating the differentiated integration: the case of Kosovo

Sharri, Berrina
This thesis analyzes the European Union as a system of differentiated integration characterized by both vertical and horizontal differentiation. Differentiated integration is an instrument to accommodate heterogeneity in the European Union in the aspect of distribution, deficiency and autonomy implications of enlargement. Differentiation among the member states (internal differentiated integration) results from the high interdependence and high politicization of policy areas. On the other hand, differentiation of selective policy integration of non-member states (external differentiated integration) occurs on highly interdependent but not necessarily on highly politicized policy areas. External differentiated integration is mainly carried out by the European Union conditionalities in which bargaining power plays a crucial role. These patterns are illustrated in the case study of Kosovo where external differentiated integration model is seen as an alternative and feasible mode of integration for Kosovo’s relation with the EU.  
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B. Sharri, “Debating the differentiated integration: the case of Kosovo,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2017.